5 Outfits for the Ethically Responsible Fashionista!

*This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned, however, Lucy & Yak I am available!*

Preamble

Hello Moonlings, I’ve been busy so I wanted a nice easy post for today.  Basically, I just took pictures of my outfits for the week with elements that are thrifted or bought sustainably. Megan from A Geeky Gal is also a fellow thrifting Queen so she’ll totally get what’s happening here. You should be following her by the way!

Some of the items I have were originally bought from fast-fashion chains. I’ve stopped buying fast-fashion since March of this year, but I didn’t throw away the clothes I have already. Mostly because I love the items and I’ve had them for years. So you will see some fast-fashion clothes but be aware I don’t buy them anymore.

So without further aplomb here are 5 outfits that have thrifted or sustainable elements.

(I) Brother Jeans – “The Stephen King.”

I call this outfit (and iterations of it) “The Stephen King.” He always wears the same kind of jeans and an old t-shirt. Usually, one referring to a baseball team or Bangor, Maine. See an example below. Or pop over to his Twitter. He’s quite funny.

Stephen King
Stephen King

So basically I have an old pair of jeans that my brother grew out of, a second hand Deadpool t-shirt and a second-hand cardigan. I wear this outfit normally when I’m writing or working from home. Comfortable is the vibes for this outfit, and the jeans are well worn in which makes them even comfier.

Also Lucy & Yak are featured here. The headband I’m wearing is made from the secondhand sari their clothes are delivered in. Shout out to Nicole for making it!

I’ve also been known to wear them with my ancient Doc Martens.

Doc Martens
Doc Martens

 (II)  Lucy & Yaks

These were my first Lucy & Yaks and I adore them. I wear them waaaaaayyyyyy too much and they are comfort level 100! (Fire emoji, yes I know I could put in a fire emoji but I’m trying to be funny). They are their ‘Alexa’ Organic-Cotton High waisted trousers in blue.

I wear them to work, (where I had a photoshoot really early before anyone else got in). They are paired with faux red leather boots I bought 8 years ago, a jumper that’s 5 years old and both of these items I bought from Penneys. Finally a second-hand t-shirt underneath.

I wear them for work (as above), and for play (so below), and I couldn’t recommend them more.

(III) Jumper Time

So this is the part of the blog where I get all preachy! Nah I’m just kidding. Basically wanting to be sustainable is wonderful, but it can be really difficult and sometimes prohibitive money wise. If you don’t purchase every piece of clothing second hand or sustainably you’re not a bad person!

I have loads of clothes that were bought before I became sustainable and I wasn’t about to throw them out! For example, this skirt in this picture was a gift from my brother which he bought in TK Maxx for my 22nd birthday (TJ Maxx in America). Yes, it was technically fast-fashion, however, I have it for 7 years.

I’ve also paired it with a Harry Potter T-shirt (not pictured) that I bought before I became sustainable. However, my jumper is 100% wool which was grown and produced in Ireland.

(IV) Office Lucy & Yaks

Back in Lucy & Yak with their ‘Alexa’ Organic-Cotton High waisted trousers in red check. I don’t think they have these ones in stock anymore but they have loads of different colours to choose from. Again I wear them when I’m going to work because they are perfect office wear.

They are paired with a 100% wool jumper, grown and produced in Ireland. A long sleeve t-shirt and my ancient red Converse.

(V) Dungaree fun!

When I heard that Lucy & Yak had dungarees I was totally there for them. I got these in their sale, I normally wouldn’t buy ‘cappuccino’ coloured clothes but these are so cuuuuuute. I wear them all the time, they are super comfy, with amazing pockets and they look great with colourful t-shirts like my second-hand Eagles shirt.

Finally here is a picture of me taken by my gorgeous sister-in-law on my birthday when she brought me to meet a bunch of birds. Look how freaking happy I am here.

Best Birthday Ever!
Best Birthday Ever!

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I kept a gratitude journal for 6 months & this is what happened…

Preamble

Hark is this the sound of clickbait? No, it’s just how titles work in 2019…

This January, I had surgery and I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I knew at the time that it would be a challenge for me to recover emotionally. (I can be very pessimistic). So in order to survive, I promised to write down 3 things I was grateful for every day to remind myself of my privilege.

Of course, I wrote down the obvious ones, My parents. My brother. My Boo. My best friend. I put down being able to afford health care and small luxuries. Having food, water, shelter and love. Music, art, and books. My hearing, my sight and my breath.

Grateful
Grateful – For my squishes!

What I’ve included here are the less obvious ones, the more obscure. The gratitudes that made me realise how fortunate I am, that in the history of the universe I live at the same time as the people and items on this list.  Or that I exist at all. I’ve come a long way since teenage me wanted to stop existing entirely.

Gratitudes

  •  The Jenna & Julien podcast.
  • Discovering the Zero Waste lifestyle.
  • My PhD Scholarship.
  • Audible.
  • The What Cast.
  • My pink heat pack.
  • Being a Ravenclaw.
  • Harmony Nice.
  • Buffy Summers.
  • Birds singing outside my window in the morning.
  • Forgiveness.
  • Cool drinking water.
  • Madeleine Olivia.
  • Baby Green Squish.
  • Red wine.
  • Van Gogh.
  • Lagunitas Beer.
  • My tattoos.
  • Being able to read.
  • Dank Memes.
  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipsticks.
  • Mr Marbles (Jenna’s dog).
  • Sunny Hostin on the view.
  • Kermit the frog memes.
  • The picture of mam when she was young I keep on my desk.
  • Lemons in sparkling water.
  • The What Cast guys and their sense of humour.
  • My lucky blue dress.
  • Session IPA.
  • The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Creativity.
  • Ellen my succulent.
  • My writer friends on Twitter.
  • D’Vine’s Tempranillo.
  • Dried fried noodles.
  • The big tree at Whitehall.
  • Pickles on Pizza. (Cheers Nicole!).
  • My Neat Dude beanie in golden.
  • Boiled eggs.
  • My GHDs.
  • Alex the Honking Bird.
  • My brother’s ability to find god awful films to watch. i.e The Room.
  • The Debbie Machine.
  • Black matt lipstick.
  • Tibetian bowl music.
  • Dr Phil’s analysis podcast.
  • Having self-reflection and recognising bad habits.
  • Oprah’s book, “The Path Made Clear.
  • Getting to meet my mentor before he died.
  • Getting to vote.
  • My new supervisor Tara.
  • Napping!
  • Dr Bob Brier, Egyptologist and all-round nerd King.
  • Tattoo Heroes Dublin.
  • Lord Snugglebutt.
  • Reading in the orange armchair.
  • Lucy & Yak dungarees.
  • Having leftovers to eat.
  • Dido’s album, “Still On My Mind.
  • Nicole’s sense of humour.
  • Bananas.
  • My What Cast T-Shirt.
  • Uniball pens.
  • Playing board games.
  • Knowing my worth.
  • Dying my hair with Mama.
  • Knowledge, wisdom and silence.

Results

Honestly? Wonderful. You do not realise how much you take for granted until you start keeping count. Rather than feeling dismay at getting up at 5.30 (I’m not a morning person), I now think the following. Wow, I am employed in my dream job, something I wouldn’t have thought possible even 5 years ago.

When I’m feeling tired and grumpy, I think about how fortunate I am that when I do get to bed, it will be warm and comfortable.

Finally? While a lot on this list are things, they are simple; but genuinely? “The best things in life, aren’t things.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Grateful
Grateful – The memory of the Foo Fighter’s concert with Le’Boo

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A letter to my mentor who passed away…

The Letter

Dear Amr,

It has been many busy days since I found out that you’re gone. I tried to write this letter when I first heard, but my heart hurt too much.

We are told when we meet certain people, to hold onto them for dear life. Yet what do we do when they are taken from us?

We go on without them, our worlds a little darker, but our lives enriched. When a light goes off in this world, it turns on in another.

It has been nearly three years since we met, and my progress under your guidance is palpable to everyone who knows me.

Although to most you may have appeared to ‘just’ be our supervisor, you were so much more to us.

Before I met you I never truly understood what a mentor was. Although I had been offered help or guidance in the past, no one matched the heights of your kindness. Having taken me under your wing, I grew beyond what I ever believed I could. You saw through ego, to the potential beneath, and there is no greater gift you could have given me.

Mentor, friend, you were our Father, a giant. Your intelligence stunned us all, and although you believed in me, I partly felt like there had been some mistake. I was an imposter in your shadow of brilliance.

My grief at your loss is thick and confounding.

Thank you for your grace, your patience and the memory of your smile. The ripples you cast into the universe will never cease, and your kindness lives on in us who are still here.

Your faithful but heartbroken friend,

Jenni.

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